That gap between the top three and also the midfield climbed last season, however, aerodynamic principle changes have mixed up teams’ designs for 20-19, and Hamilton said during pre-season testing that the purchase was much closer.
“I really don’t understand which team is fourth, but they are a lot closer than they’ve been in days gone by,” said Hamilton.
“Before there was like a second gap or something like that, I think it’s now within half a second or less, which is amazing.
“The way their development will soon be through the year, whether or not they have the capacity to grow since the top 3 teams perform, is most likely the biggest question.
Nevertheless, famous brands HAAS failed to seem to set a truly representative time.
New Renault registering Daniel Ricciardo, who’s shifted from race-winning team RedBull, anticipates the midfield set to be determined by small margins.
“A lot of the cars are likely to be rather close and there isn’t likely to be in it,” he said.
“Therefore that it could only be’who a cleaner lap’ could make the gap of three or one places.
“I’m looking forward to where everybody else stands.
“You’re still likely to get the top number of teams having a tiny gap at the beginning of the season but the midfield certainly looks like it’s likely to function on.
“I really actually don’t feel that what we see from Melbourne is going to be how the whole season performs.
“It is going to change quite a bit in the growing season, especially in the first six races approximately”